Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa is located near Melton
Mowbray, Leicestershire. Having won numerous awards, including Best
European Destination Spa, Health Spa of the Year and several times UK
Destination Spa, it has to be good – very good. Ragdale is inspired with
various areas from worldwide destinations. Serene and calming, plus
tropical plants, I found an area with a river of warm water flowing through
to an outside paradise and enjoyed the sun, plus the warm water, beneath –
with massage jets, if you so desire!
Five pools, water cascades and an aqua gym, as well as exercise studios,
with a great number of classes, plus a range of outdoor activities, provide
plenty for all to enjoy. The fabulous steam rooms, volcanic salt bath and
saunas are other great assets. The Candle Pool is a crowning glory-perfect
calm. Body, facial treatments (with new treatments and new product ranges
being available, for specific conditions) and massage rooms, plus manicure
and pedicure rooms and stations are pristine. Well over 100 qualified,
experienced beauty therapists offer numerous treatments.
There are several packages available – from a brief visit to extended
stays – and many include the fabulous buffet lunch. Starters are served
or help yourself, from the buffet. The buffet array has many mains
dishes, including various chicken, seafood and fish dishes, stir fry, roasts,
gammon, fajitas, tagine and much more. Very tempting desserts can be
served to table and are also help yourself from the buffet. Tea or coffee is
included. The chefs, carvers and dining room staff ensure everyone has
a memorable occasion. The dining room is transformed for the evenings,
with illuminated chandeliers and table settings. Evening cuisine is served to
table and the inviting menus have something for all tastes.
The beautiful bedrooms are a serious attraction for a return visit overnight
or for a short stay. With gift vouchers available Ragdale Hall makes the
perfect venue for a Christmas present or other occasions-perhaps as a
surprise-bring it on!
Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa
Ragdale Village, Nr. Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
Tel: 01664 434831
One of the few-remaining privately-owned country house hotels in
England, Stapleford Park, with its sporting estate and spa, was our choice
for a special anniversary occasion recently. Set in some 500 acres of
parkland, woods and gardens, designed by Capability Brown, this venue
dates back to the 14th Century.
The beautiful 55 individually-designed bedrooms, each reflect the style
of their creators - Mulberry, Sanderson and Crabtree & Evelyn, to name
just some. Several sports can be enjoyed too, including golf (with its
own pavilion and restaurant), archery, fly-fishing, falconry and shooting.
Perhaps tennis (6 courts) or swimming (22m heated mosaic indoor pool)
appeals, along with sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and spa area, plus a
modern, well-equipped Technogym, also 7 treatment rooms and nail studio.
There is plenty to experience at this superb venue.
We immediately settled to the grandeur and elegance which Stapleford Park
offers and is renowned for. Jade, who met us on arrival, warmly welcomed
us and answered, with confidence, any questions.
After establishing ourselves in our gorgeous stateroom, Barbara and I made
our way to the magnificent Grinling Gibbons dining room, via the library
area, where, over pre-dinner drinks and Hors d’Oeuvres, we chose from
the splendid fine dining menu. Pristine, top quality tableware, (Villeroy
& Boch and Wedgwood) was perfectly arranged. Our Amuse-Bouche
arrived and we both enjoyed this start to our dining occasion. Chantell, our
lovely waitress, was most knowledgeable on the various cuisine. With a
fantastic selection, for all our courses, from the john dory and quail eggs
we had selected for starters, through to mains of halibut and sea bass,
After retiring from a life-long career in engineering, Trevor
has put his passion for writing into practice, reviewing places,
venues and products that interest him in his spare time.
Whether it be a new or established restaurant, an event, a
beverage or a day out with family or friends, Trevor tries and
tests them all to bring you the very best the county has to offer.
and desserts of roast plum tarte tatin and beetroot parfait, all with superb
accompaniments and wonderful presentations, fine dining doesn’t come
any better. We had chosen Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir wines to accompany
our meals and they were most excellent. David Ellams is Head Chef and
ensures everything from the kitchen is 110%. David has created fresh and
elegant menus and has 10 other chefs, catering for all dietary requirements,
working with him.
The dining experience is truly exquisite, complemented by the plush
surroundings and décor of the Grinling Gibbons restaurant. Our bed was
exceptionally comfortable and following a good night’s sleep, the breakfast
was awesome, with juices, cereals, yoghurts, poached fruits, porridge,
cheeses and the ‘Stapleford Grill’ plus all accompaniments – fantastic!
Weddings, receptions and events can all be accommodated, in style, at
An occasion that will be remembered for a long, long time. Huge thanks
to Jade and Chantell, who looked after us throughout our visit and made it
into the special event it was.
Stapleford Park Country House Hotel and Sporting Estate
Stapleford, Nr Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
Tel: 01572 787 000